After walking off the train on the first morning, I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into Venice ( literally )! I had heard whispers about some lesser-known Venetian islands, and my research led me to believe that these were essential pieces of Venice that I had to experience for myself.
Our boat tour departed across the water by San Marco Square and I was beyond excited. We were headed to see a part of Venice that most don’t get to see. Our first stop was on the island of Murano, Italy. This island is famous for it’s handmade Venetian glass. There is no special school or classes to take where you can learn the art, but rather they start at a young age and learn it by practice.
The second island that we made a stop at was Burano, Italy. This island is famous for it’s handmade Venetian lace. There are seven different stitches used in the lace, and no single person knows them all. This village has some of the most colorful buildings I’ve ever seen! Each color signifies a different family, so if you see the same color on a different house, you’ve found relatives!
The third and final stop was on the island or Torcello. This island is the full-time home of a whopping ten people! Torcello has canals throughout as well, but what makes this island special is the amount of greenery and wildlife present. The other islands are all buildings and stone while Torcello is composed mainly of grass, trees and animals. This didn’t even seem like part of Venice!
By the time our boat returned to our original departure point, I realized that the trip had been an essential experience. We had learned so many intriguing bits of history from the trip that we wouldn’t have known otherwise and had a blast immersing ourselves in Venetian culture. After all, that’s what travel is all about!